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The Hong Kong branch was established in 2002. Our growing membership includes professionals from the professional trustee, legal, accounting, and financial services fields. We welcome all professionals and students with a trust and estate focus.


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財務行動特別組織(下稱「特別組織」)(特別組織是一個跨政府組織,該組織制訂有關打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集的國際標準)在2024年2月23日公布了以下文件
  1. 特別組織呼籲成員就高風險的司法管轄區採取行動的聲明 (只有英文版本)

    (a) 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國(下稱「朝鮮」) 及伊朗
  • 鑑於2019冠狀病毒病蔓延,特別組織考慮到已經呼籲其成員對朝鮮及伊朗採取相應措施,因此自2020年2月起暫停檢視朝鮮及伊朗的程序。有見大規模毀滅武器擴散資金籌集的風險加劇,特別組織再次呼籲對朝鮮及伊朗採取相應措施(http://www.fatf-gafi.org/publications/high-risk-and-other-monitored-jurisdictions/documents/call-for-action-february-2020.html)。朝鮮
  • 特別組織對其成員作出呼籲及促請所有司法管轄區勸喻其金融機構特別留意與朝鮮(包括朝鮮的公司、金融機構及代表該等公司及金融機構行事的人士)之間的業務關係及交易,因此本處現對你作出上述呼籲。伊朗
  • 特別組織呼籲其成員及促請所有司法管轄區採取有效相應措施,及勸喻其金融機構對與來自伊朗的自然人及法人之間的業務關係及交易,採取更嚴格的盡職審查措施(包括就擬進行交易的原因取得相關資料、就業務關係進行更嚴謹的監管:增加監控次數和時間及挑選需要進一步審查的交易模式),因此本處現對你作出上述呼籲。

(b) 緬甸 特別組織呼籲其成員及所有司法管轄區,對於源自緬甸帶來的風險,須採取與風險相稱的更嚴格的盡職審查措施。因此本處現對你作出呼籲,就與緬甸之間的業務關係及交易,須採取更嚴格的盡職審查措施。

(c) 受到加強監察的司法管轄區 (只有英文版本)

  • 為了持續檢視有關遵從打擊洗錢/恐怖分子資金籌集標準的情況特別組織識別出21個存在策略性缺失問題的司法管轄區(保加利亞、布基納法索、喀麥隆、克羅地亞、剛果民主共和國、海地、牙買加、肯亞、馬里、莫桑比克、納米比亞、尼日利亞、菲律賓、塞內加爾、南非、南蘇丹、敘利亞、坦桑尼亞、土耳其、越南及也門)
  • 巴巴多斯、直布羅陀、烏干達及阿拉伯聯合酋長國在打擊洗錢/恐怖分子資金籌集的制度方面有顯著改善,因此不再受到特別組織加強監察
  • 特別組織促請其成員及所有司法管轄區參考在2024223日發出的「受到加強監察的司法管轄區(只有英文版本)所提述的資料。該文件列出上述司法管轄區為解決其策略性缺失問題所提供的高層次政治承諾,當中包括(i)須確保能適時取得足夠、準確及最新的基本和實益擁有權的資料;(ii)須就恐怖分子資金籌集及大規模毀滅武器擴散資金籌集實施有效的針對性金融制裁制度;(iii)須確立識別及凍結恐怖分子資產的程序;(iv)須採用風險為本方案監察非牟利組織或機構,以防止為恐怖分子籌集資金的罪行;及(v)須改善客戶盡職審查及可疑交易舉報的規定等。

2. 信託或公司服務提供者牌照持牌人必須遵從有打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集的規定。因此,請注意特別組織的上述文件中所作出的關注及觀察,並請協助本處發布上述資料予 貴會會員。

3. 謹此多謝你的協助。


  1. FATF Statement on High-Risk Jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action

(a) Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK”) and Iran

DPRK

  • The FATF calls on its members and urges all jurisdictions, which we hereby do, to advise you to give special attention to business relationships and transactions with the DPRK, including DPRK companies, Financial Institutions and those acting on their behalves.

Iran

  • The FATF calls on its members and urges all jurisdictions to apply effective counter-measures, which we hereby do, and advise you to apply enhanced due diligence measures, including obtaining information on the reasons for intended transactions, business relationships and transactions with natural and legal persons from Iran; conducting enhanced monitoring of business relationships, by increasing the number and timing of controls applied, and selecting patterns of transactions that need further examination.

(b) Myanmar

  • The FATF calls on its members and all jurisdictions to apply enhanced due diligence measures proportionate to the risk arising from Myanmar, which we hereby do, and advise you to apply enhanced due diligence measures to business relations and transactions with Myanmar.

(2) Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring

As part of its ongoing review of compliance with the AML/CFT standards, FATF identified 21 jurisdictions (Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen) with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies.

Barbados, Gibraltar, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates are no longer subject to the FATF’s increased monitoring process for the significant progress in improving their AML/CFT regime.

The FATF encourages members and all jurisdictions to consider the information presented in the 23 February 2024 issue of “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring” which sets out the high-level political commitment provided by each of the jurisdictions in question to address the identified deficiencies, including to (i) ensure the timely access to adequate, accurate and current basic and beneficial ownership information; (ii) implement an effective targeted financial sanctions regime related to terrorist financing and proliferation financing; (iii) establish procedures to identify and freeze terrorist assets; (iv) apply a risk-based approach for monitoring non-profit organisations to prevent abuse for terrorist financing purposes; and (v) improve customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting requirements, etc.

2. As licensed trust or company service providers are required to comply with relevant AML/CFT requirements, I would be grateful if you would duly take note of the concerns and observations made by the FATF in the above documents and help disseminate the above information to your members.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

聯合國安全理事會對伊黎伊斯蘭國及基地組織的制裁 United Nations Security Council Sanctions Against ISIL and Al-Qaida
  1. 根據《聯合國制裁(伊黎伊斯蘭國及基地組織)規例》第25條發布的個人、團體、企業和實體的名單已於2024年2月8日更新。有關詳情,請參閱更新名單。
  2. 信託或公司服務提供者牌照持牌人須遵從相關打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集的規定,因此,懇請把此資訊轉發貴會會員。
    謹此多謝你的協助。

  1. The list of individuals, groups, undertakings and entities published under section 25 of the United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation was updated on 8 February 2024. For details, please refer to the Updated List.
  2. As holders of trust or company service provider licences are required to comply with relevant anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, I would be grateful if you would help disseminate this information to your members.

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
更新指明被聯合國安全理事會設立的委員會指定為恐怖分子或與恐怖分子有聯繫者的人的姓名或名稱 Updating of specification of names of persons designated as terrorists or terrorist associates by the Committees of the United Nations Security Council
  1. 指明被聯合國安全理事會設立的委員會指定為恐怖分子或與恐怖分子有聯繫者的人的姓名或名稱已更新,並於2024年2月8日於憲報刊登。詳情請參閱有關的憲報號外公告。
  2. 信託或公司服務提供者牌照持牌人須遵從相關打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集的規定,因此,懇請把此資訊轉發貴會會員。
    謹此多謝你的協助。

  1. The specification of names of persons designated as terrorists or terrorist associates by the Committees of the United Nations Security Council had been updated and was published in the Gazette on 8 February 2024. For details, please refer to the relevant Gazette Extraordinary Notice.
  2. As holders of trust or company service provider licences are required to comply with relevant anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, I would be grateful if you would help disseminate this information to your members.

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
聯合國安全理事會對伊黎伊斯蘭國及基地組織的制裁 United Nations Security Council Sanctions Against ISIL and Al-Qaida
  1. 根據《聯合國制裁(伊黎伊斯蘭國及基地組織)規例》第25條發布的個人、團體、企業和實體的名單已於2024年2月8日更新。有關詳情,請參閱更新名單。
  2. 信託或公司服務提供者牌照持牌人須遵從相關打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集的規定,因此,懇請把此資訊轉發貴會會員。
    謹此多謝你的協助。

  1. The list of individuals, groups, undertakings and entities published under section 25 of the United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation was updated on 8 February 2024. For details, please refer to the Updated List.
  2. As holders of trust or company service provider licences are required to comply with relevant anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, I would be grateful if you would help disseminate this information to your members.

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
聯合國安全理事會對剛果民主共和國的制裁 United Nations Security Council Sanctions against Democratic Republic of the Congo
  1. 根據《2019年聯合國制裁(剛果民主共和國)規例》第29條發布的個人和實體的名單已於2024年2月21日更新。有關詳情,請參閱更新名單。
  2. 信託或公司服務提供者牌照持牌人須遵從相關打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集的規定,因此,懇請把此資訊轉發 貴會會員。
    謹此多謝你的協助。

  1. The list of individuals and entities published under section 29 of the United Nations Sanctions (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Regulation 2019 was updated on 21 February 2024. For details, please refer to the Updated List.
  2. As holders of trust or company service provider licences are required to comply with relevant anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, I would be grateful if you would help disseminate this information to your members.
    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.